In Jesus, You Are Loved


You don't have to be anything else except what He’s made you to be.

Everyone who is called by My name…whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:7 (nasb)

I was reading from Denise Austin’s newest diet book, and I began to tell my children about our menu for the week. We were all going to follow Denise’s plan. It would be new and exciting!

They looked at me as if I were crazy. “Who’s Denise?” I showed them the picture of the fitness guru, flexing her abs in a two-piece bathing suit on the cover of the book. “This is who I’m going to look like. I’m going to eat like Denise so I can have a body like Denise.”“Good luck with that, Mommy.” Grace grinned at me. At age ten, she’s been around the block, and is old enough now to take my fitness experiments with a grain of salt.

“You scoff, but soon you will call me Mommy Denise.” My two younger kids were appalled.“I don’t want you to look like her,” Harper said. Adelaide chimed in. “Me neither Mommy! I like you for my mommy. Not Denise!”

I assured them that even if I lost weight I would not become Denise. (Alas!) But they would have none of it. They even went so far as to confiscate my book. I’m not sure what they had against the woman—after all, she helps lots of people. But I suspect the reaction came from a place of deep loyalty and love for what is theirs. Chunky, soft, imperfect, but devoted to them nonetheless—Mommy.
Their desire was to see me stay the same, even if changing would be an outward improvement. What a picture of God’s unwavering love. While I recognize that He is always inwardly transforming us into the image of His Son, the truth is that He made us. He sees His creation and calls it good. There are no mistakes. He loves us just the way we are!

FAITH STEP: Spend some time today meditating on the truth: In Jesus, you are loved. Valued. Accepted. You don’t have to be anything else except what He’s made you to be.

Written by Gwen Ford  Faulkenberry

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